Losing isn't fun, but it is a big part of life. In fact, losing without losing heart is the essence of living successfully. As one of life's truisms, however, the inevitability of losing isn't something we concentrate on in American culture. Instead, to one degree or another, we've all accepted, "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." In ways too numerous to mention, we emphasize winning and attach virtue and status to it. Frankly, we do so whether the situation warrants it or not.
FARGO -- Whether talking about Hillary Clinton’s “likability” or her use of a private email account while she was secretary of state, why is it that she is held to a standard that others are not?
Thank heavens we have Donald Trump to straighten out all of us about marriage and the “women’s card.” When it comes to women, he’s amazing. His third wife loves him and his two ex-wives love him. Just ask him and he’ll tell you they all know he’ll make a great president. In fact, the only women who don’t love him are uppity broads like Hillary Clinton. But he knows how to handle her type.
FARGO ‘No Child Left Behind” was supposed to be the watershed act that put U.S. education on a path to exceptional outcomes for all children. Regardless of economic status, disability, race or length of time in the country as new Americans, students would succeed. Goals were so lofty, the expectation was that under NCLB every single child in the whole U.S. would be doing well in school by year 2014. Reality was not part of the NCLB formula.
FARGO -- Some time after the Department of Homeland Security was established in response to America’s Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy, a Native American patient of my husband’s gave him a gift. It was a T-shirt with a picture of long-ago Indians holding rifles. Above the picture were the words, “Homeland Security.” Below the picture was the phrase, “Fighting Terrorism Since 1492.” The T-shirt came to mind last week when anti-immigrant rhetoric concerning Syrian refugees hit fever pitch. Frankly, it’s particularly relevant given this week’s Thanksgiving holiday.
FARGO — Surprise, surprise; parents in the modern American family are stressed out. Do the folks at the Pew Research Center really think anybody is surprised by that fact?
FARGO -- Let’s hear it for Wal-Mart. Way back in 2008, Wal-Mart made a corporate decision that should have set the gun industry standard.
FARGO -- Coffee: I love it. I love it black, and I love an occasional latte. On a recent morning — with an early morning drive ahead — I stopped to buy a large latte on my way out of town. In fact, I decided to treat myself to a blueberry muffin, too. I placed my order at the speaker in the drive-thru and tried not to wince when a young woman’s voice told me the cost of the two treats was $6.86.
FARGO — As politicians ramp up hysteria over sting videos of Planned Parenthood employees talking about collecting fetal tissue or preparing tissue to be sent off for research, no reporter or pundit has asked one obvious question: “So, Senator or Congressman/Congresswoman, is your zeal only for eliminating Planned Parenthood, or are you calling for an end to fetal tissue research?” If the politician wobbles, the follow-up question might be, “With no indication that Planned Parenthood did anything other than collect the tissue in line with Health and Human Services requi
FARGO -- Do I think friends and fellow alums defending the “Fighting Sioux” moniker are racist? No. Do I think their efforts have consumed way too much University of North Dakota energy? Yes. Do I think the moniker should have been changed 40 years ago? Absolutely. Back in the dark ages (1967-68), consciousness-raising was big on the UND campus. The Vietnam War — claiming the lives of young Americans at an alarming rate — had caused even conservative, respectful-of-authority North Dakota kids to doubt the wisdom and trustworthiness of American leaders.